Monthly Archives: November 2008

Thankful 8

Comments: After Thursday’s dissapointing race I decided to run 8 for my weekend longrun, just to see if I could still do it. It’s been quite a while since I have gone that distance. The side stiches that have been accompanying me in just about every run subsided after about mile 2.

I remember in the past, after about 4 to 5 miles my feet would start to hurt, and lately they don’t ache like that anymore.

My iPod Nano seemed to had enough of me and has dissapeared. I am glad that my old iPod shuffle (512MB memory!) is still around and was happy to take that on the run with me listening to David Baldacci’s “Devine Justice”. It wasn’t charged very well, so about a mile from home it died, but that was ok, it gave me the chance to listen to the world around me.

It wasn’t a fast run, but I enjoyed it and I am thankful I can go out there like that and run it.

Time: 9:00 am

Weather: 36

Shoes: Saucony ProGrid Guide ( 164.6 miles)

Distance: 8

Run Time: 1:25:12

Split: 10:39

Course: To Lake road and back.

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Posted by on November 29, 2008 in Running


Flying Feather 4 Miler

Comments: Let me start off with the lessons I learned:

  • Do not expect to run a fast race when you have walkers walking up three to four people wide everywhere.
  • Do not expect to have the endurance to run a fast race when you get there 1.5 hours early and freeze, because it is only 20 degrees outside (we got shuttled to the starting area, so going back to the car just didn’t seem like the thing to do.) I must have run at least 2 miles just to keep warm! lol

So, with that said, I did not run as fast as I had hoped and I am not sure if I’ll be running it again next year. It takes me over an hour to get there. I did PR by over 5 and a half minutes, but my goal to run a sub 40 race just didn’t happen. I knew that the first mile in, but was still very dissapointed when I crossed that finish line.

I don’t remember having that many problems with the crowd last year, but then I ran more than a minute per mile slower.

I am glad I went, and proud of the fact that I went there by myself. The bottle of wine I received after finishing went down really smooth with my Thanksgiving dinner that evening. 🙂

Time: 9:00 am

Weather: 20

Shoes: Saucony ProGrid Guide ( 160.6 miles)

Distance: 4

Run Time: 40:17

Split: 10:05

Course: Flying Feather 4 Miler race.

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Posted by on November 27, 2008 in Personal Record, Race Report, Running


Balmy 3

Comments: Well, not really, but a friend of mine told me to “enjoy the balmy weather” when I told her I was going out to run! lol

Again, ran without an iPod today, the whole dang thing, including headphones are at home. Good thing my head is attached…

The run wasa good. I tried going slow, it didn’t work too well. I ended up with side stitches. *sigh*

Tomorrow I am running in the Flying Feather Four Miler. This will require me to get up at the crack of dawn, drive for over an hour, then run, drive home, make the turkey and etc.. Someone needs to remind me why I put myself in positions like that. Oh yeah, for the “bling”, I almost forgot! 😉

Picked up my running packet today. It included a technical long sleeve shirt, a wool hat, and throw away gloves. What I have never seen before is the timing chip, which is currently attached like duct tape to the bib, and to be removed before the race and attached to the shoe. A throw away time chip, interesting!

Time: 11:00 am

Weather: 36, sunny, but windy

Shoes: Saucony ProGrid Guide ( 157.6 miles)

Distance: 3

Run Time: 30:14

Split: 10:05

Course: Goodale Park and back

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Posted by on November 26, 2008 in Running


Dripping 4

Comments: Saturday was cold, today was wet. I am not sure which one I prefer.

Ran without an iPod today, forgot the headphones at home…oops. The run was good, felt a bit slower than usual, but I did not push it. The payoff was no side stiches. That was nice.

I did a bunch of stretching afterwards, to keep after my goal of stretching 4 times a week for at least 10 minutes. One down 3 to go.

I have raised $449.75 out of the required $1500 so far. I should be satisfied with that, but for some reason I feel the need to meet the goal next week. Talk about putting unnessecary pressure on myself. I count my blessings to have some very generous co-workers!

The fundraiser at the bar is on the 19th instead of the 12th. The date is not the best, but we will work with what we have. In case you would like to stop by it is from 5 to 9pm at the Lodge Bar. Hope to see you there!

Time: 10:30 am

Weather: 36, raining

Shoes: Saucony ProGrid Guide ( 153.6 miles)

Distance: 4

Run Time: 40:09

Split: 10:03

Course: Goodale Park, x 2 and back

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Posted by on November 24, 2008 in Running, Team in Training


Short Long Run 4.7

Comments: Can you say COLD! OMG…23 degrees…it took me hours to warm back up!

Met with the TNT group. My plan was to go 6, even though A and T were only going 1 to 2 and then meet up with them to discuss fundraising. The loop around the lake is 1.2. I did the first two, then after the 2nd saw A talking with one of the coaches. She had done her 1 loop, I chatted for a while and did another one. After the 3rd loop I stopped again, this time to chat with A and T, who had done 2 loops. At that time I was only at 3.5 something miles, so I went off to do another.

After the 4th loop I figured A had waited in the cold long enough. My Garmin read 4.7, not even close to the 6 I wanted to do, but sometimes things are not meant to be.

We met at *bucks afterward, my first SB trip ever. I did not indulge in a coffee or some other fancy concoction, but stuck with a bottle of water instead and a blueberry cake, which was yummy. Our first fundraiser will be a 50/50, which we are hoping to sell tickets for at work (we have to check with HR first though) and then a fundraiser at a bar, that agreed to help us.  If the bar agrees to the date, it will be on the 12th of next month, the same day we are holding the drawing for our 50/50 raffle. Off to making posters and flyers now…

Time: 8 am

Weather: 23, overcast

Shoes: Saucony ProGrid Guide ( 158.9 miles)

Distance: 4.7

Run Time: 47:27

Split: 10:06

Course: Antrim Lake loop x 4

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Posted by on November 22, 2008 in 3


3 Tempo

Comments: I am certainly not a fan of tempo runs, but I do realize that they are very helpful in regards to performance improvement. It was cold out again today, but 12 degrees warmer then yesterday. When I stepped outside I was worried that perhaps I had overdressed, but once I started running down the path the wind was blowing quite a bit. 

Had our Team in Training Kickoff meeting yesterday. Several speeches were given, including that by a blood cancer survivor and a doctor that treats blood cancer patients. We learned about our Hero, a 13 year old girl that was diagnosed with Leukemia in ’06 and after some radical treatment is now in remission. It was all very touching and makes me realize how lucky I am.

Time: 10:10 am

Weather: 27, overcast

Shoes: Saucony ProGrid Guide ( 155.9 miles)

Distance: 3

Run Time: 28:37

Split: 9:33

Course: Under 670 and back

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Posted by on November 20, 2008 in Running, Team in Training


Brrrr 4

Comments: I didn’t run yesterday at lunch because I had this really great urge to upgrade my cell phone to a smart phone. The urge was so strong that I just HAD to give in. On top of that I wasn’t feeling to well (not sure if that was mental or physical though) and just decided to skip that day.

Now, as the proud owner of a Palm C3ntro (yes, I am a Palm fan) I was able to go out and run today without that urge hanging over my head.

The run was good. It was a bit cold and it took my lunges a while to get used to it. Also ran today the first time in a long time with my running jacket.

Trying to work on fundraising ideas for the LLS (if you have any ideas, let me know)…found out several co-workers of mine are doing it as well, so this should turn out to be more fun than I thought. The kickoff meeting is tonight! Free food…yummy!

Time: 10:00 am

Weather: 25, brrrr

Shoes: Saucony ProGrid Guide ( 151.9 miles)

Distance: 4

Run Time: 39:42

Split: 9:56

Course: To Goodale Park, x2 and back


Posted by on November 19, 2008 in Running


Strength Training

Comments: Good, solid workout. I do need to try to work my muscles harder. It seems like that sometimes I am just doing the motions. No bike ride today.

Strength Training:

  • Push ups:
    • 1 x 20
  • Hanging Stomach Crunches (bench): 
    •  2 x 20
  • Preacher Curls:
    • 2 x 20 x bar + 5lbs 
  • Side Bends (per side:
    •  2 x 20 x 20lbs
  • Tricep (behind head):
    • 2 x 20 x 15lbs
  • Shoulders (empty jug motion):
    •  2 x 20 x 8lbs 
  • Neck:
    • 2 x 20 x bar
  • Chest Fly:
    • 2 x 20 x 1 block
  • Hyperextensions:
    • 2 x 20
  • Hyperextensions:
    • 2 x 20
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Posted by on November 17, 2008 in Strength Training


Wet 6

Comments: Rain, rain, go away…” I don’t mind running in rain, but this one was cold…

I have come to enjoy running without a fuel belt and it’s starting to hinder my long runs. I went out without one today, but it’s mileage limiting. 6 is the max I am going without a belt. I did GU at mile 4, just to make sure I wouldn’t crash at the end.

My daughter (12 y.) donated $5 today towards my TNT training. I thought that was very sweet!

Time: 8:00 am

Weather: 45, rain!

Shoes: Saucony ProGrid Guide ( 145.9 miles)

Distance: 6

Run Time: 1:02:24

Split: 10:24

Course: To New Salem and back.

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Posted by on November 17, 2008 in Uncategorized


Bike & Strength

Comments: My arms are still sore from Tuesday’s lifting. This time I did not work out with the hubby even though he was in the gym at the same time.

Time: 11:00 am

Workout: Stationary Bike

Level: 3

Time: 20 minutes

Miles: 7.2

Calories: 93

Strength Training:

  • Push ups:
    • 1 x 20
  • Hanging Stomach Crunches: 
    •  2 x 20
  • Chest Press:
    • 2 x 20 x #3
  • Stomach Crunches:
    •  2 x 20
  • Tricep Pull Downs:
    • 2 x 20 x #5
  • Rows:
    •  2 x 20 x 60 lbs 
  • Hyperextensions:
    • 2 x 20
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Posted by on November 13, 2008 in Biking, Strength Training